During my occasional “salons” (Mrs. Leonardi insists they’re really just book clubs), my guests would sometimes bring visitors with them. One such visitor a few years ago was Fr. Mike Beatty of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We had a number of friendly exchanges — and debates — about the merits of Thomism, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Latin. His face would light up when we spoke of the Church’s mother tongue, especially Virgil’s poetry. I am told by one of his longtime friends that the highlight of his last days was rising each morning to celebrate Mass. May he be enjoying Virgil’s company in eternity.

Rev. Michael D. Beatty, pastor of St. Simon the Apostle in Delhi Township, died Wednesday, December 14, at the age of 73. He was born on February 17, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio. He did his philosophical and theological studies at the Collegio de Propaganda, Fide in Rome, where he received his Ph.L and S.T.L. degrees. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 19, 1964 at the Chapel of the Collegio de Propaganda, Fide.

Father Beatty received his first assignment as assistant at Holy Family Parish in Price Hill (Cincinnati) and teacher at Elder High School on August 25, 1965. On August 22, 1968 he was appointed as assistant at St. Ann Parish, Groesbeck (Cincinnati), while continuing at Elder. In December 1970, Father Beatty was appointed to the faculty of St. Gregory Seminary.

From August 1973 through 1976, he was appointed to pursue full-time studies abroad. Upon his return he rejoined the faculty at St. Gregory Seminary. In July 1977, Fr. Beatty was appointed as one of the Pro-Synodal Judges of the Tribunal. On August 21, 1980, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Oxford. On July 13, 1992, Fr. Beatty was appointed pastor of St. Simon the Apostle Parish, where he served until his death. …